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Placement Testing

Who Needs Placement?

At SCC, some programs require placement exams or skills assessment while others do not. To find out if your program requires placement testing, please call us at (509) 533-7074.

Being placed in the right classes early in your college career makes it more likely that you will successfully complete your degree or program. At the Placement and Testing Center, we help you begin your studies at SCC in classes that are neither too hard nor too easy.

Information about specific tests can be found on the Exam Types tab.

Placement Doesn't Always Require Exams

If you have graduated from high school, completed your GED, or completed SCC's College Prep in the last three years, you may be able to use your GPA, test scores, or prior coursework to determine your English placement.

If you have graduated from high school within the last year, you may be able to use test scores or prior coursework to determine your math placement.

Still unsure? The Placement and Testing Center staff will help you determine whether you can use these "alternative measures" or whether you need to take a placement test.

When to Complete Placement Testing

Before you can schedule your placement tests, you must apply for Admission to SCC. You will then receive a Student ID number, which is needed to test or submit alternative placements. Take care of your placement as soon as possible so our advisors and counselors can help you find the right classes.

All tests must be completed 15 minutes prior to our closing time. Please be sure to allow enough time to complete your test.

After you finish your exams, you will take your placement results and visit a curriculum advisor or counselor. Your goals, combined with your placement results, will help your curriculum advisor or counselor recommend the best path for you.

Remember...

Placement isn't about what you don't know or what you are capable of knowing; it's about discovering what you know right now. With that information, and guidance from our curriculum advisors and counselors, you will learn what you need to do next to achieve your goals.

Not sure if you need placement tests? Call us at (509) 533-7074.

If you need to test, we're here to help.

We will help you through a testing process that will identify your skill level and ensure you enroll in classes that will build your skills and help you succeed.

  • English

    Students who do not meet the alternative placement measures are automatically placed into English 99. However, you can choose to write an essay in the Placement and Testing Center. Your essay will be evaluated by an English instructor who will recommend your placement - English 99 or English 101. This placement test is included in the $40 fee.

  • Math

    Our math placement test is called ALEKS PPL. After you take your test at the Testing Center, you can decide if you want to retest up to two more times. Our placement process provides learning modules that help you brush up your skills between attempts. To arrange your math test, please call (509) 533-7074 or email SCCTesting@scc.spokane.edu. This test is included in the $40 placement fee.

  • Other Entrance Exams
    • CASAS

      Students in I-Best programs and ABE classes are required to take the CASAS exam. CASAS testing is offered on a walk-in basis (first come, first served), or you may call (509) 533-7074 to reserve a seat. Please allow up to three hours to complete your test. There is no charge for the CASAS test.

    • Program-Specific Exams

      Some programs require keyboarding or MRSR (Mechanical Reasoning Spatial Relationship) exams. These exams are offered on a walk-in basis.

    • Nursing Program Entry Assessment (Test of Essential Academic Skills - TEAS)

      TEAS is offered by appointment. Please call (509) 533-7074 to schedule.

Math Placement

Math placement testing is NOT required for:

  • Recent High School Graduates (within 1 year) with any of the following:
    • 2 consecutive semesters in the full annual sequence of Pre-Calculus with a 3.0 or better*
    • Smarter Balanced scores of Level 2 (with a 3.0 or higher in a bridge course), Level 3 or Level 4*
  • Running Start students with any of the following:
    • 2 consecutive semesters in the full annual sequence of Pre-Calculus with a 3.0 or better*
    • Smarter Balanced scores of Level 3 or Level 4*
  • Returning SCC or SFCC students (within 3 years) with the following:
    • Qualifying placement testing scores within the last three years
    • Completion of Math course work with a 2.0 or better at SCC or SFCC
  • Other college students (within 3 years) with the following:
    • Qualifying COMPASS or ASSET placement test scores from tests taken at another facility**
    • In some cases, completion of math at another college or university ***
    • Previous math placement at any Washington State Community or Technical College within one year of testing***

* High school transcripts and Smarter Balanced scores must be submitted to the SCC Testing Center. You may bring them in, fax, mail or email.

** Compass and Asset testing results from facilities other than SFCC and SCC must be sent by the testing institution to the Testing Center either via fax or mail.

*** If placement was based on completion of a course, an official transcript from other colleges and universities must be submitted to the SCC Transcript Office for evaluation. If placement was based on test scores, the student must provide the Testing Center with a copy of the document that provides the specific placement recommendation from the sending institution, along with a completed Placement Reciprocity Student Request Form.

English Placement

Placement in English 101 is granted for students with any one of the following:

  • Recent High School Graduates (within 3 years) with a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher*
  • GED Completion (within 3 years)*
  • Successful completion of College Prep at SCC or SFCC (within 3 years)*
  • Smarter Balanced level of 3 or 4 (within 3 years)*
  • Smarter Balanced level of 2 plus a B in a Bridge to College course (within 3 years)*
  • SAT score of 530 or higher (within 3 years)*
  • ACT score of 19 (within 3 years)*
  • Compass writing score of 76 or higher (within 3 years)**
  • Reciprocity Agreement: College-Level English placement at a WA State Community or Technical College (within 1 year)***

* High school transcripts, GED and College Prep Certificates of Completion, Smarter Balanced scores, and SAT/ACT scores must be submitted to the SCC Testing Center. You may bring them in, fax, mail or email.

** Compass testing results from facilities other than SFCC and SCC must be sent by the testing institution to the Testing Center either via fax or mail.

*** If placement was based on completion of a course, an official transcript from other colleges and universities must be submitted to the SCC Transcript Office for evaluation. If placement was based on test scores, the student must provide the Testing Center with a copy of the document that provides the specific placement recommendation from the sending institution, along with a completed Placement Reciprocity Student Request Form.

THE FAST TRACK THROUGH ENGLISH

  • You must take English 101 and pass with a 2.0 or better before attempting English 102
  • If your first English class begins with a ‘0’, such as 096 or 099, you must pass with a 2.0 or better before registering for English 101
If you have any of these: You may take:
Smarter Balanced score - 3 or 4
Bridge to College English – B or better
AP Literature Exam – 3 or better *
AP Language Exam – 3 or better *
Running Start GPA 3.0 (cumulative) or better or essay results
GPA 2.0 (Graduate cumulative grade) or better in the last 5 years
College Prep (Successful completion)
GED in the last 5 years
SAT score 470 or better in the last 5 years
ACT score 17 or better in the last 5 years
COMPASS score 76 or better in the past 3 years
English 101

*If you have a score of 3 or higher on either the AP Language or Literature Exam, you will need to have your official AP transcript sent to the SCC Transcripts office so that you may receive credit for English 101. Additionally, you are eligible to take English 102. You will need to provide proof of the AP score at the time of registration.

Testing for Students with Authorized Accommodations

The Testing Center provides testing for students with authorized testing accommodations as determined by the SCC Disability Support Services (DSS) Office.

For Students
  1. Students must first establish authorized accommodations for testing through SCC Disability Support Services.
  2. DSS will direct students with authorized testing accommodations to the Testing Center website for scheduling procedures and information.
  3. Students wishing to schedule in the Testing Center must complete a proctoring request form for each test. Please do so by clicking on the Schedule My Test button below.
  4. Alternatively, students may visit the Testing Center to set up all of their testing dates in advance. Be sure to bring your syllabus for each class.
  5. The Testing Center will verify accommodations with the DSS office. Only authorized and current accommodations will be implemented.
  6. Once tests are scheduled it is the student's responsibility to notify their instructors of their testing location, date(s) and time(s). Students should work with their instructors to ensure exams/proctoring instructions are delivered to the Testing Center before scheduled testing date(s)/time(s).
  7. Students are responsible for checking with the Testing Center prior to the testing date to ensure exam has been delivered.
For Faculty:
  1. It is the student's responsibility to communicate with their instructors regarding their testing location, date(s) and time(s).
  2. When a student with testing accommodations has scheduled at the Testing Center, please use the button below to submit the appropriate test and proctoring information. Do not submit the test to the DSS Office.
  3. This button is only to be used to submit tests for students using testing accommodations. Do not use this button to submit any other tests to the Testing Center.
Questions? Call us at 509-533-8085.

Certification Testing

SCC's Testing Center offers proctoring for hundreds of certification tests ranging from postal service exams to FAA pilot exams. We currently support these testing service providers:

Scheduling: You must schedule and pay for your certification test through the appropriate testing service.

Location: We are located in Building 16, Room 127, across the hall from the library. Click here for a campus map.

Parking:Visitors' parking is only available for 30 minutes. Limited metered parking is available near Building 16. Day-long parking passes are $3.00 and may be purchased in Building 15 at the cashier's office, at the Testing Center, or at two kiosks. One kiosk is located on the west side of the tennis courts near the Lair, Building 6. The second kiosk is located in the P-11 parking lot, south of the Max Snyder Building (Building 50). For more information, visit our parking page.

Please bring a valid picture ID to your test. You may be required to bring other documents to your test. Consult the appropriate testing service provider for complete information.

Questions? Call us at 509-533-8085.

Testing for SCC Online Students

For students:

Some instructors of online courses at SCC require that students test in a supervised (proctored) setting. Your instructor will select the day(s) for your class to test. On the day(s) specified by your instructor, you may test any time we are open. You do not need an appointment.

Please note:
  • You must bring a picture ID to check in for your test.
  • Your instructor will tell us what you are allowed to bring into the testing area. All other items must be placed in a locker we provide.
  • No food or drink are allowed in the testing area.
  • All tests must be completed 15 minutes before our closing time. Be sure to allow enough time to complete your test.
For faculty:

Please note: proctoring services are only available for online classes and for students with disability accommodations. At this time, we do not proctor exams for flex, hybrid, or on-ground classes.

Location: Proctored examinations are administered in the Testing Center, located in Building 16 on the SCC Campus.

Hours: Our hours are posted on the "Hours" tab above. During summer, holidays, and breaks, please call the Testing Center for hours at (509) 533-8085.

In order to facilitate the effective coordination of proctored exams, please review the following guidelines:
  1. Please fill out a request form (use the button below to access the form). Submit it to the testing center at least one week prior to testing.
  2. At least two days prior to the first testing date, provide the testing center with: Exam (if paper/pencil test) and Roster of students. You can drop them off or send them to Mail Stop 2160.
  3. It is the instructor's responsibility to provide an adequate number of copies of the exam as well as any additional handout materials. Instructor name and class must be on tests.
  4. Computer-based exams: We only proctor web-based exams. We are not able to download and install software.
  5. Online Exams: Due to constant changes in technology, we are unable to guarantee that particular online exams can be proctored on our computers. If you are using products other than MyMathLab, McGraw-Hill Connect, or Canvas, please allow extra time for us to test the product on our computers.

For more information, please contact:
Peggy McDonald
Spokane Community College Testing Center
SCC Testing@scc.spokane.edu
Telephone: (509) 533-8085

**Please remind your students that they must present picture ID before taking an exam. We will not administer an exam without proper ID.

Proctored Testing

SCC offers supervised (proctored) testing for those pursuing online degrees from other colleges and universities.

Exam Types: SCC will only administer written or web-based exams. We are unable to administer computerized exams that require the downloading of software.

Fees: There is a $25.00 fee for each exam proctored. (This fee does not apply to CCS exams or WAOL exams as long as the course is offered through SCC or SFCC.) Payment may be made by cash, check, Visa, or Mastercard.

Scheduling:
  • To schedule, complete our online proctor request form by clicking the button below. Most students also like to call or visit us to schedule all of their tests for the academic term.
  • Please submit your request at least two days in advance to ensure you receive a confirmation email before you arrive for the exam.
  • Exams are returned to the college or university by our staff. Please plan to take your exam in plenty of time before your program's due date.
  • Testers must arrange to have the exam sent to our location from the college or university offering the exam.
  • Testers must provide a contact (instructor or distance learning office) telephone number in case of problems at the time of the exam.
  • Provide the following information to your instructor:
    • If emailing exam/info, please send to:
      SCCTesting@scc.spokane.edu - Subject: Attention: Peggy McDonald

      If Mailing exam:
      SCC Testing Center Spokane Community College
      1810 N. Greene St., MS 2160
      Spokane, WA 99217

    • All tests must be completed 15 minutes before our closing hours. Be sure you allow enough time to complete your test.

Location: Our campus is located on the corner of Greene Street and Mission Avenue in Spokane. The Testing Center is located in Building 16, Room 127, across the hall from the library. Follow this link for a campus map.

Parking: Visitors' parking is only available for 30 minutes. Limited metered parking is available near Building 16. Day-long parking passes are $3.00 and may be purchased in Building 15 at the cashier's office, at the Testing Center, or at two kiosks. One kiosk is located on the west side of the tennis courts near the Lair, Building 6. The second kiosk is located in the P-11 parking lot, south of the Max Snyder Building (Building 50). For more information, visit our parking page.

On the day of your exam:
  • Valid photo ID is required before taking each exam.
  • Personal items, including cell phones and water bottles, are not allowed at the testing stations. We will provide storage for these items.
Questions? Call us at 509-533-8085 or email SCCTesting@scc.spokane.edu

Testing Center Hours *

All tests must be completed 15 minutes prior to our closing time. Please be sure to allow enough time to complete your test. Testing Center staff may require you to reschedule if you arrive after your appointment time or too close to closing. If you are not sure how long to allow for your test, call the Testing Center at (509) 533-7074.

Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters
Monday & Wednesday:
7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuesday & Thursday:
7:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday:
7:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday:
Closed
Winter Break
(December 15, 2017 - January 2, 2018)
Monday - Thursday:
7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Friday:
7:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday:
Closed

* Call us for extended hours during finals week. Hours may change during breaks and on holidays.